The Intoxicologist

Monday, February 4, 2008

Infusing the Black Russian with Flavor

An after dinner drink is the icing on the cake for those who would rather drink their dessert instead of eat it. It makes no sense, however, to settle for an ordinary cocktail when it can be made into something spectacular with the right quality ingredients.

Take for instance the Black Russian. It is a fine drink on the surface, but nothing special. The Black Russian is a basic duo drink comprised of vodka and coffee liqueur. Vodka is essentially colorless, odorless, and tasteless, making it the perfect mixer for cocktails trying to mask the alcohol taste. With a duo drink there are only two opportunities for flavor. It stands to reason that both liquor and liqueur should bring the fullest flavor to the party in this drink to make it a superb after dinner dessert cocktail. Make the vodka do some work, too.

Van Gogh’s Double Espresso Double Caffeine Vodka is one component needed to bring about flavor success in the Black Russian. Van Gogh’s handcrafted line of vodkas bring excitement to the vodka world with its all natural, multiple distillation process. This leaves a crisp, clean, high quality tasting vodka. Van Gogh goes a few steps further with its six week flavor infusion process. The Double Espresso Double Caffeine is the only espresso vodka on the market that is FDA-approved with double caffeine. It also adds that extra touch of black to the Black Russian due to the fact that Van Gogh adds color to this particular vodka. The taste is as exquisite as a fine cup of smooth, robust espresso. For those wishing to go without the caffeine there is also the decaffeinated Van Gogh Espresso Vodka which is clear, yet still of the highest quality espresso flavor.

The next ingredient in this after dinner cocktail is the coffee liqueur. Instead of plain, go for something “especial.” Kahlua Especial is a richer, deeper tasting version of the original Kahlua coffee liqueur. The Especial is made from Arabica coffee beans, giving it an exotic, intense flavor. It is marginally less sweet than the original Kahlua, yet is 70 proof compared to the 40 proof of the original. With a price difference of only a few dollars, you definitely get more bang for your buck in price and flavor with the Kahlua Especial.

The Black Russian is a great cocktail to customize to your particular taste. If you prefer something sweeter, just use more Kahlua Especial. If you prefer less sweet, use less Kahlua Especial. The ideal depends on you.

Black Russian

2 ounces Van Gogh Double Espresso Double Caffeine Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua Especial

Build in a rocks glass filled two thirds full of ice in the order given. Stir.

The Black Russian is also the base of several other drinks; White Russian, Bull Dog, and Mudslide.

White Russian

1 ounce Van Gogh Double Espresso Double Caffeine Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua Especial
1 ounce Half and Half

Build in a rocks glass filled two thirds full of ice in the order given. Stir.

Bull Dog

1 ounce Van Gogh Double Espresso Double Caffeine Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua Especial
1 ounce Half and Half
Splash of Coke on top

Place first three ingredients in the order given in a rocks glass filled two thirds full of ice. Stir. Top off with a splash of Coke.

Mudslide

1 ounce Van Gogh Double Espresso Double Caffeine Vodka
1 ounce Kahlua Especial
1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream

Build in a rocks glass filled two thirds full of ice in the order given. Stir.

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